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Fortech moves into new headquarters, triples output capacity

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2012
Fortech Products Inc., a producer of automotive coatings and lubricants, has moved into a new 80,000-square-foot headquarters in Brighton, Mich., that has 25 percent more warehouse space and triple the production capacity.... Read More »

 

Linamar expands production in North Carolina

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2012
Linamar Corp., a producer of engine and transmission components, will expand its factory in Asheville, N.C. The plant, which opened in 2011, produces engine blocks and axle components for commercial trucks.... Read More »

 

Mitsubishi builds stop-start test lab in Michigan

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2012
Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America Inc. has built a test lab for stop-start systems in suburban Detroit. The lab will enable the company to test as many as 10 engines simultaneously.... Read More »

 

Johnson Controls to close Indiana parts plant

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2012
Johnson Controls Inc. will close a plant in Kendallville, Ind., that produces plastic injection-molded parts, the Kendallville News-Sun reports. The plant, which employs 170 workers, will close Aug. 31. The plant previously was owned by Plastech Engineered Products Inc., which filed for bankruptcy in 2008.... Read More »

 

GKN expands driveline parts plant in North Carolina

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2012
GKN Driveline will spend $24 million to expand a factory in Roxboro, N.C. The project will create 131 new jobs, North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue said in a statement. The company will install additional tooling and expand its floor space.... Read More »

 

Brose buys factory in Michigan

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 12, 2012
Brose North America Inc. has signed an agreement to buy a 380,000-square-foot former Mopar factory in New Boston, Mich.... Read More »

 

Kistler opens technical center in Michigan

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 12, 2012
Kistler Holding AG, a Swiss producer of sensors and instrumentation for engine and chassis development, has opened a technical center in suburban Detroit.... Read More »

 

Janesville Acoustics opens plant in Celaya, Mexico

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 12, 2012
Janesville Acoustics, a suburban Detroit producer of insulation and decorative trim, has opened a 90,000-square-foot plant in Celaya, Mexico, to produce acoustic insulation.... Read More »

 

ThyssenKrupp sells U.S. foundry business

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 12, 2012
ThyssenKrupp AG, a German materials and technology group, has sold a U.S. foundry business to KPS Capital Partners, a New York private equity firm.... Read More »

 

Axion wins grant to commercialize lead-carbon batteries

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 12, 2012
Axion Power International Inc., a battery producer in New Castle, Pa., was awarded a $150,000 grant by the U.S. Department of Energy to commercialize its lead-carbon batteries for use with stop-start systems in cars and trucks.... Read More »

 

Visteon opens radiator plant in China

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 8, 2012
Visteon Corp. has opened a factory in Chengdu, China, to produce aluminum radiators for Volkswagen and other customers.... Read More »

 

TRW wins contracts for electric brake systems

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 8, 2012
TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. says it will produce electric parking brakes for two automakers in North America.... Read More »

 

Magna E-Car Systems opens EV parts plant in Michigan

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 8, 2012
Magna E-Car Systems has opened a plant in Grand Blanc Township, Mich., to produce electric motors, inverters and powertrain controllers.... Read More »

 

Visteon sells Michigan HQ to Sovereign Partners

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 8, 2012
Visteon Corp. sold its corporate headquarters in Van Buren Township, Mich. to Sovereign Partners LLC, a real estate investment firm, for $81.1 million.... Read More »

 

Ford, Dow form partnership for carbon fiber composites

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 8, 2012
Ford Motor Co. has formed a partnership with Dow Chemical Co. to produce parts of carbon-fiber reinforced plastic for high-volume vehicles.... Read More »

 

TRW introduces touchpads for infotainment

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 10, 2012
TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. has introduced a touchpad sensor with software that recognizes handwriting.... Read More »

 

Severstal, UAW negotiate five-year labor contract

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 10, 2012
Severstal North America has negotiated a tentative five-year agreement with UAW Local 600 that covers 1,100 hourly workers at the company's steel mill in Dearborn, Mich.... Read More »

 

MacLean-Fogg forms new polymer unit with EPC

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 10, 2012
MacLean-Fogg Component Solutions has merged its Polymer Technologies unit with EPC of Menomonee Falls, Wis. The new unit, called Engineered Plastics Co., will be aligned with MacLean-Fogg's engineered components group. EPC, a supplier of plastic injection moldings, has been in business since 1981.... Read More »

 

JCI, Pricol form Indian JV to make interior components

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 10, 2012
Johnson Controls Inc. has formed a joint venture with Pricol Ltd. to produce instrument clusters, displays and body electronics. The 50-50 partnership will be named Johnson Controls Pricol Private Ltd.... Read More »

 

Grede acquires Virginia-based foundry

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 10, 2012
Grede Holdings LLC has acquired a foundry and other assets of Virginia Casting Industries LLC, which is based in Radford, Va . The foundry, which produces steering knuckles and lower control arms, employs 170 workers. As Grede adds new business, employment is expected to rise to 270 workers in 2013.... Read More »

 

Denso to acquire 3D business unit from I-Net

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 10, 2012
Denso Corp. has acquired a 3D business unit from I-Net Corp., which provides software to create and analyze three-dimensional images.... Read More »

 

Metaldyne acquires plant in Czech Republic

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 13, 2012
Metaldyne LLC has acquired a factory in Zbysov, Czech Republic. The company will expand the plant's forging and machining lines to make differential side gears, pinions, transmission shafts and other components.... Read More »

 

Hirotec America opens 2 Michigan plants

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 13, 2012
Hirotec America Inc., a supplier that specializes in bodyshop assembly tooling for vehicle closures, is opening two plants in Michigan: one in Chesterfield Township and another in Port Huron.... Read More »

 

Sevcon and Flextronics to produce EV drivetrains

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 13, 2012
Sevcon Inc. and Flextronics Automotive have agreed to produce drivetrains for hybrid-powered vehicles and electric cars. Sevcon, of Southborough, Mass., will produce motor controllers.... Read More »

 

Sun Capital sells Fluid Routing Systems

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 13, 2012
Sun Capital Partners Inc. has sold Fluid Routing Solutions, a manufacturer of fuel management systems and hoses, to Park-Ohio Industries Inc. for about $98 million.... Read More »

 

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